A crisis between Greece and the government of Al-Dabiba… The Libyan Presidential Council intervenes
The head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Muhammad al-Manfi, announced he was in contact with Greece to find out the reasons behind its Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’ cancellation of his visit to the capital Tripoli and to avoid any diplomatic dispute between the two both countries.
The Presidential Council’s move comes in response to the renewed crisis between the Greek minister and the government of national unity, after the former refused to disembark from his plane at the capital’s Tripoli airport, where Foreign Minister Najla al-Manqoush was waiting to meet him him and leave for the city of Benghazi.
Al-Manfi said in a statement Thursday evening that he was in contact with the Greek Foreign Ministry to clarify the reasons behind the cancellation of his Foreign Minister’s visit to the capital Tripoli, scheduled for Thursday, in order to clear all understandings and rule out escalating steps in this file .
Muhammad al-Munfi (Reuters archives)
Al-Manfi reiterated the Council’s readiness to continue friendly relations with all countries with which the Libyan State maintains diplomatic relations and to strengthen them on the basis of mutual respect and international rules of diplomatic work, in order to avoid anything that the Relations hinders and disturbs the peace of these relations, and at the head of these countries is Greece.
The Greek foreign minister was scheduled to meet with the exiled President of the Presidential Council in the capital, Tripoli, but he refused to get off his plane at the airport and left the country without holding any meetings in Tripoli, leading to a disturbing incident led the Dabaiba government.
Al-Dabaiba attacked the behavior of the Greek official and stated during his meeting with Foreign Minister Al-Mangoush that his government would not allow these actions against the country and its sovereignty.
For her part, Al-Mangoush confirmed that what the Greek minister did was “a non-diplomatic measure by refusing to disembark for unknown and unacceptable reasons,” stressing that “no country is doing business with Libya without respecting its sovereignty and reputation. ” and considered this one of the main tasks of her work as Foreign Minister.
Al-Mangoush stated that she called the Libyan ambassador to Greece to consult on what had happened and called the Greek chargé d’affaires in Libya to clarify the background of the event.
On the other hand, Athens accused the Dabaiba government of violating a previous agreement not to meet with the Foreign Minister, stating that the visit had been coordinated with the Presidential Council and that the meeting with the exiled President of the Council was planned . and not with the Government of National Unity.
This incident would increase the tensions that define the relationship between Greece and the Dabaiba government, given that the latter has signed an agreement with Turkey to explore for oil and gas in the Mediterranean, which Athens opposes.
Previously, the Greek foreign minister had viewed this deal as “illegal and destabilizing” and said in repeated statements that “the government of Dabaiba has no right to sign international agreements because it does not represent the Libyan people”.
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